These photographs from St.John’s focus on two of the most important landmarks in the area: Signal Hill and Cape Spear.
Cape Spear is the easternmost point in North America. My coming from the Yukon where Canada’s westernmost point is located made this visit all the more interesting. Below is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland, located at Cape Spear. Construction began in 1834:
Below is the new operating lighthouse at Cape Spear:
Notice the outhouse hanging over the edge, no longer in operation I might add. Yikes!
There are trails around the harbour and narrows that have breathtaking views. Here I am sitting on the stone wall just below Cabot Tower overlooking The Narrows. You can get a peek of Cape Spear in the background.
Looking back toward the harbour from Signal Hill:
Some of the surplus stones from the building of the Cabot Tower along with those from the recently demolished St. George’s Hospital were used for the houses below. The builder and designer of the Cabot Tower, Samuel Garrett, built these homes for his daughters. They were connected with doorways in the inside walls and are now referred to as the Temperance Street Houses or the Samuel Garrett Houses:
A close-up view of the stonework on Cabot Tower: